Freelancer Tim Pool travels to Sweden to check out Trump’s claim of an “immigrant problem” and is pleasantly surprised by conditions in an alleged no-go zone:
“If this is the worst Malmö has to offer, then don’t ever come to Chicago,” Pool told news agency TT after visiting Rosengård, a neighbourhood with a high immigrant population.”
Pool’s favourable opinion did not linger following a visit to Rinkeby:
“Several men started masking up and following us. Police told us to leave and had to escort us to our car,” he wrote in a Twitter post on Wednesday.
“I started talking to the police. They told me some interesting things about the good they think they can do there, and then one of the other cops basically said ‘I have a tip for you, look at what the men around you are doing’,” Pool told The Local.
“We had noticed a bunch of people putting up their hoods, whispering to each other, so the cop was like ‘maybe it would be smart if you were to leave now, that’s my tip for you’. They got in their car to escort us out and we just had to walk alongside their vehicle, and they followed us to our car. As we were walking there were people following us, yelling things,” he added.
Swedish police officials denied that Pool was escorted out of the area and he immediately fell out of favour with Swedish media.
Here’s Pool’s video showing an apparent police escort:
And here Pool summarises his trip to Sweden, noting that both the media and everyday Swedes refuse to discuss the reality of the situation out of fear of being vilified as racist.
Swedish political scientist Peter Santesson argues that even though “no-go zones” is a misnomer, some areas are effectively lawless.
Because neither the term the police use [“particularly vulnerable areas”] nor “no-go zones” captures what’s so special about these areas. The police aren’t arguing that it’s dangerous to go there and look around for a bit, or that these areas are more vulnerable (to what?) than other socially troubled areas.
Two factors stick out: the police can’t work there in a normal way without special routines or equipment; and people are reluctant to turn to the police and the legal system because of systematic threats from criminals. The power balance has shifted: society’s influence is weakened and on the retreat. You could say these are retreat areas.
Instead of asking if you would dare travel to Rosengård or Rinkeby you should ask if you would dare testify against your neighbour if you lived there.
Click here to access assorted Tim Pool videos on Sweden.